Thursday, 30 July 2015

Microsoft Windows 10…

In June I emailed you to say don’t update your pc’s to Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system just yet until I had tested Mercury Systems and its sub-components to ensure the programs still work correctly after the update.

I am happy to report that two machines now are running Mercury Systems over Windows 10 without a problem.
  • Machine #1 is a laptop of mine, originally running Windows 7 with Mercury Systems already installed
  • Machine #2 is a customer’s brand new pc running Windows 10 pre-installed by the manufacturer, with Mercury Systems installed afresh.
In both cases Mercury Systems installed and ran without issue, including vital sub-components such as Crystal reports.  Whilst you could argue that only two machines running Windows 10 isn’t considered comprehensive testing, it’s looking good so far.

As far as Mercury Systems is concerned, I have no problem with you upgrading your pc’s to Windows 10, should you choose to do so.  Windows 10 would be a good option if you are currently using Windows 8 or 8.1, as I think Windows 10 is much better.  For additional peace of mind, for 30 days after upgrading, Microsoft will allow you to roll back the installation to the earlier operating system if you need to.

It may still be best to wait for another month or two before upgrading, as any major issues immediately after release will be found and fixed by Microsoft during that time.  So far, Microsoft is releasing the update free-of-charge to Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 customers, and I don’t know how long this offer will be available for.